My wife and I have lived in Anoka our whole lives which has shaped who we are. After I earned Political Science and Urban Studies degrees from the University of Minnesota, I decided Anoka was where I wanted to spend my life and raise a family.
Anoka is a great and beautiful city and I want to provide my kids the same kind of experiences Amanda and I had growing up here. To me that means I have to work hard for my community to change some things, and work even harder to keep some things the same.
Erik Skogquist, Anoka City Councilmember
People want to be near fun and interesting things and when downtown Anoka is thriving, people bring their energy, families and money into our city.
Protecting the character and cohesiveness of our neighborhoods is important. This means addressing problems when they arise while respecting what makes each neighborhood unique.
We can be proud of our great parks, trails and roadways. However, we need to make sure they are maintained just like we would hope everyone maintains their own yards and homes. Prioritizing maintenance as much as new improvements will insure their excellence for years to come.
The city should be a leader in the preservation of our natural and historic resources. These are the things that make Anoka unique.
Reinvesting in any older city is important, and in order to keep our downtown, neighborhoods, parks and infrastructure strong, we need to make sure we have the resources to do so.